- upstream interventions to remove the root of disease
- innovative, far-reaching, equitable change
- departure from the traditional
Radical Public Health Values:
- Health is a human right.
- Health cannot be captured as a typical commodity in a microeconomic sense.
- Public health is a common good. Improving the lives of those most vulnerable to illness is good for everyone, even the wealthy and healthy.
Radical Public Health Beliefs:
- Health and illness are primarily, but not exclusively, determined by complex interactions between socio-cultural, economic, political, and institutional environments, in addition to individual and social biology and genetics.
- Siloed, targeted health interventions that treat the body in parts have been ineffective in reducing disease and risk factors because they do not reflect the fact that the body is a system, which itself is embedded in a wider environment.
- Systemic socio-economic inequities, like poverty and social exclusion, lead to illness.
- Improving public health globally and locally requires addressing the structural power imbalances that lead to these inequities.
- Improving public health globally and locally also requires that the economic system—as reflected by the price, supply and demand for goods and services—internalize negative health externalities.
- Medicine and traditional public health are essential to the maintenance of individual health; however, they do not address the root social determinants of health.
- Medicine and traditional public health have also, at times, served to reinforce the structural inequities that lead to poor health.
- There are real gaps in medical and traditional public health knowledge about how individual human bodies respond differently to their environment over the long term.
Radical Public Health Objectives:
- To promote a deeper understanding of the pathways of illness, pathways that often begin far beyond an individual body in political, social, cultural, and economic systems.
- To facilitate critical and solutions-oriented discussion about the root social determinants of health and the role of public health in addressing these determinants.
- To draw attention to the evidence, both quantitative and qualitative, that should inform future public health practice and policy.
- To raise awareness of interventions that have shown success in changing the context of illness, as opposed to treating the symptoms, using participatory multi-media platforms.
Radical Public Health is a consortium of volunteer writers, researchers, students, designers, policy wonks, artists, doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs, nutritionists, teachers, lawyers, and artists interested in doing public health differently.